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Nations where UN designated terrorists roam freely have no place in the comity of nations: Sushma Swaraj calls Pakistani bluff

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sushma-swarajNew York: Blunting the Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif’s tirade against India at the UN General Assembly last week, India’s Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj today said at the UNGA that nations where UN designated terrorists roam freely, lead processions and deliver their poisonous sermons of hate with impunity, are as culpable as the very terrorists they harbour. Such countries should have no place in the comity of nations.

Ms. Swaraj was speaking during the general debate of the 71st United Nations General Assembly. She said: “The Prime Minister of Pakistan used this podium to make baseless allegations about human rights violations in my country. I can only say that those accusing others of human rights violations would do well to introspect and see what egregious abuses they are perpetrating in their own country, including in Balochistan.” The brutality against the Baloch people represents the worst form of State oppression, she said adding those who live in glass houses should not throw stones at others.

She told the UNGA that the Prime Minister of Pakistan also said that India has placed pre-conditions for talks which are not acceptable to him. She pointedly asked – What pre-conditions? Did we impose any pre-condition before extending an invitation for the oath-taking ceremony of our Government? Did we impose any pre-condition when I went to Islamabad for the Heart of Asia conference and agreed to begin the Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue? Did we impose any pre-condition when Prime Minister Modi travelled from Kabul to Lahore? What pre-conditions? We took the initiative to resolve issues not on the basis of conditions, but on the basis of friendship! We have in fact attempted a paradigm of friendship in the last two years which is without precedent. We conveyed Eid greetings to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, wished success to his cricket team, extended good wishes for his health and well being. Did all this come with pre-conditions attached?

What did we get in return? Pathankot, Bahadur Ali, and Uri, said Swaraj. Pinning down Pakistan on the issue of terrorism, the Indian Foreign Minister said, Bahadur Ali is a terrorist in our custody, whose confession is a living proof of Pakistan’s complicity in cross-border terror. But when confronted with such evidence, Pakistan remains in denial. It persists in the belief that such attacks will enable it to obtain the territory it covets. My firm advice to Pakistan is: abandon this dream. Let me state unequivocally that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so.

“History proves that those who seed extremist ideologies, reap a bitter harvest. The germ of evil has grown into a hydra-headed monster, backed by technological sophistication that threatens the peace and harmony of our world. We will not be able to win against terrorism by making specious distinctions between your problems and mine, between terrorists who attack you and those who attack me. For we do not know who this Frankenstein’s monster will devour next, Swaraj went on to observe.

The Indian Minisetr was firm in stating “we want to defeat terrorism, there is only one way – that we unite across our differences, add steel to our resolve and inject urgency in our response. We need to forget our prejudices and join hands together to script an effective strategy against terror. This is not an impossible task provided we have the will. We can do it, we must do it. Otherwise our future generations will forever hold us to account. And if any nation refuses to join this global strategy, then we must isolate it.”

In our midst, Swaraj said, there are nations that still speak the language of terrorism, that nurture it, peddle it, and export it. To shelter terrorists has become their calling card. We must identify these nations and hold them to account. These nations, in which UN designated terrorists roam freely, lead processions and deliver their poisonous sermons of hate with impunity, are as culpable as the very terrorists they harbour. Such countries should have no place in the comity of nations.

Reflecting on the scourge of terrorism, Ms. Swaraj told the UN Assembly that the current month of September marked the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on this city (New York). Tragically, less than 15 days ago, she said, another attempt at killing innocents was made through an act of terror in this same city. She further said: “We, who have suffered in Uri recently, understand the pain inflicted by the same forces. The world has been battling this scourge for long. However, despite the blood and tears of innocent victims, attacks this year alone in Kabul and Dhaka, Istanbul and Mogadishu, Brussels and Bangkok, Paris, Pathankot and Uri as well as daily barbaric tragedies in Syria and Iraq, remind us that these malevolent forces are yet to be defeated.”

Emphasising that terrorism is undoubtedly the biggest violation of human rights, Ms. Swaraj pointed out that it targets the innocent and kills indiscriminately and said terrorism has gone way beyond affecting individuals or nations – it is a crime against humanity itself. But it is important to ask – who is behind this and who benefits from it? Terrorists do not own banks or weapons factories, so let us ask the real question: who finances these terrorists, who arms them and provides sanctuaries? We heard similar questions being asked by Afghanistan from this podium.

Click here for full text of Indian Foreign Minister’s speech during the General Debate of the 71st United Nations General Assembly

BRICS Foreign Ministers condemn terrorism in all its forms

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brics-foreign-ministersNew York:The BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs who met here on 20 September reiterated their strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. They strongly condemned the recent several attacks, against some BRICS countries, including that in India. They urged concerted efforts to counter terrorism on a firm international legal basis, under the UN auspices, and expressed their conviction that a comprehensive approach was necessary to ensure effective fight against terrorism. In this regard, they called for an early conclusion of the negotiations on the Comprehensive Convention against Terrorism.

The BRICS Ministers noted the convening of the BRICS National Security Advisers Meeting as well as the constitution of BRICS Working Group on Counter Terrorism and its first meeting in New Delhi.

The Ministers appreciated India’s BRICS Chairpersonship for the year 2016 and the expansion in range of activities organized to date. They expressed their commitment to ensure the success of the forthcoming 8th BRICS Summit in Goa on 15-16 October 2016. They also welcomed China’s incoming BRICS Chairpersonship in 2017 and expressed confidence that intra-BRICS cooperation will be further strengthened.

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Industrial development is on the fast track in Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the USNew York: Coinciding with the second India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD) in New Delhi which was joined by India’s Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, Minister for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Stharaman, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, Cyrus Mistry of the Tata Group and David Cote of Honeywell, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan began the third day of his US visit on Tuesday by reaching out to the captains of industry and inviting them to become partners in the industrial development of Madhya Pradesh.

Interacting with investors and CEOs of US companies in New York on Tuesday, Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh has become a fast track State when it comes to industrial development and all necessary infrastructure is being developed to accelerate industrial growth and promote new industries in 20 new industrial areas in the State.

Speaking of visible change in the overall scenario over the last one decade, the Chief Minister said that Madhya Pradesh has become the first choice of investors. He said that the State Government treats investors as partners in the process of development. Minister for Industries Rajendra Shukla and senior officials were present.

Welcoming investors to Madhya Pradesh, Chouhan assured them that there would be no hurdles in their way. The State Government intends to give the young manpower opportunities of growth through industrial development. For achieving this goal, they are being equipped with skills and are also being oriented for entrepreneurship.

Chouhan invited the prospective investors to the Global Investors’ Summit to be held at Indore later in October this year.

The Chief Minister held discussions about investment in the state in sectors like education, Information Technology, Public Service, construction engineering, biotechnology.

Arceus Infotech Private Limited has shown interest in setting up a development center in Bhopal. The US Technology International Private Limited also expressed willingness to invest Rs. 400 crore for setting up IT Campus at Bhopal. The US major in IT and food sector – LT Foods and its vendors are also willing to invest.

International Research Laboratories Pvt. Ltd. is willing to expand its operation in the State to address cataract blindness as a key player in the global blindness eradication campaign ‘Help Me See’.

RMC, USA, which deals in building materials for the construction of residential and commercial supplies also showed interest.

American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin – held discussion on widening its network in Madhya Pradesh.

US-India Business Council

The Chairman of US India Business Council Mukesh Aghi met the Chief Minister and discussed the future strategies to enhance bilateral trade between US and India.

The Council was formed for trade collaboration between The Governments of the US and India. The India-US business ties is a leading business consulting organization. The USIBC is the largest bilateral trade organization, which includes representatives of the American and Indian companies.

‘Friends of MP’ Forum

Addressing the ‘Friends of MP’ Forum, Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh Government is seeking value-based citizen participation. This initiative, he said intends to bring at one place knowledge, expertise and people. It helps NRIs to stay connected to their homeland. Also, it serves as a useful platform where friends of Madhya Pradesh and policymakers can join hands.

“Friends of MP”: Yashodhara Raje Scindia thanks Indian diaspora

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Yashodhara Raje Scindia

Madhya Pradesh Industry Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia today said that the response for ‘Friends of MP’ at Avery Fischer Hall in New York City Sunday “reminds us all that love for Madhya Pradesh has no borders!”

Ms. Scindia made this observation on the social networking site fb. She was reflecting on the launch of the friendsofmp‬ platform before a packed audience and millions of viewers on small screens around the world (Sunday night IST)!

FOMP is a global talent pool platform connecting our worldwide MP family so that the world may contribute and share in the state’s development, Ms. Scindia has said adding “I want to thank the Chief Minister for inviting me to be a part of this initiative. I also want to thank the distinguished diaspora, CEO’s, and American politicians in attendance for their well wishes and support, and all of my many new #friendsofmp I have made in the last 48hrs. Thank you for your warm welcome, and I look forward to taking our great state forward, together!”